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Irving Shipbuilding hires former NAVSEA commander

Written by Nick Blenkey

Irving McCoyJULY 18, 2013 — Canada’s Irving Shipbuilding has hired recently retired Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) commander Vice-Admiral Kevin M. McCoy. James D. Irving, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Irving Shipbuilding Inc, said that Mr. McCoy will assume his new role on August 6, 2013.

Irving Shipbuilding was selected in 2011 as Canada’s Combatant Shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) and is in the early stages of a 30-year military shipbuilding program. It is currently working on a number of projects for the  Canadian Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Mr. McCoy’s 36-year career included extensive ship repair and shipbuilding experience including command of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Additionally, he served as the Chief Engineer of the U.S. Navy from 2005-2008. As NAVSEA commander for the last five years, he led an organization of 60,000 personnel and a budget of over $30 billion and was responsible for the design, procurement, construction oversight, maintenance, modernization, and engineering support of the U.S. Navy’s fleet of submarines, surface ships, aircraft carriers, and weapon systems.

Mr. McCoy holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta.

Mr. McCoy and his wife Theresa have three daughters.

Irving Shipbuilding is part of the J.D. Irving, Limited Group of companies. Its primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

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